Tourettism and dystonia after subcortical stroke.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The term "tourettism" has been used to describe Tourette syndrome (TS)-like symptoms secondary to some specific cause. Tics associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or both, are commonly present in TS, but this constellation of symptoms has been rarely attributed to stroke. We describe two boys who suffered a subcortical stroke and subsequently developed hemidystonia, tics, and behavioral comorbidities. Both had right hemispheric stroke involving the basal ganglia at 8 years of age, and in both the latency from the stroke to the onset of left hemidystonia was 2 weeks. In addition to ADHD and OCD, both exhibited cranial-cervical motor tics but no phonic tics. The temporal relationship between the stroke and subsequent TS-like symptoms, as well as the absence of phonic tics and family history of TS symptoms in our patients, argues in favor of a cause and effect relationship, and the observed association provides evidence for an anatomic substrate for TS and related symptoms.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kwak, CH; Jankovic, J

Published Date

  • July 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 821 - 825

PubMed ID

  • 12210884

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-3185

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mds.10207


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States